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“You can’t be anything you want to be, but you can be a whole lot more of who you are” --Curt Liesveld, Seminar Leader & Consultant
FIVE MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT SKILLS Adapted from Rick Warren
SKILL = a Developed Talent or Ability
1. MYTH: People are not born with abilities. All abilities must be learned by experience. There are a number of abilities that are inborn or developed very early in life. When people say, “He just seems to have a natural talent for it,” it’s probably true!
2. MYTH: Learned abilities are primarily in the classroom. Actually, some of your most basic abilities were learned at home, or somewhere else outside the classroom.
3. MYTH: You are aware of all of your abilities. You are probably using a number of talents that you are not even aware of! You need some process of skill-identification.
4. MYTH: Abilities that I use at work are only usable in that environment. I could not use them in ministry. Hopefully, you will see the fallacy of this idea. Be creative!
5. MYTH: Most people only have a very few abilities. The truth is that many national studies have proven that the average person possesses from 500 - 700 skills.
The Lord has given them special skills as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple, & scarlet thread on fine linen cloth, and weavers. They excel as craftsmen and as designers. Exodus 35:35 (NLT)
And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and ability, in understanding and intelligence, and in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship. Exodus 31:3 (Amplified)
You are probably using more abilities & skills than you are aware of! Here is a process of identification!
Use the following categories to help you recognize and clarify what God has gifted you to do. Write "Love It", "Like It" or "Could Live Without It" next to each natural skill.
Could Live Without It!
*adapted from S.H.A.P.E. by Rick Rees
Circle your strongest five Natural Skills from those in the “Love It” column
Construction & Mechanical
Circle your strongest five Acquired Skills
The abilities you do have are a strong indication of what God wants you to do with your life.
They are clues to knowing God’s will for you… God doesn’t waste abilities; He matches our calling and our capabilities. –Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life, p 244.
What steps should be followed to link your Skills with an area of service?
A good indication of His will for you, as it relates to service, is to examine the Skills and Strengths that God has given you.
Give them back to God for His use. You can use the Skills and Strengths that God gave you selfishly or unselfishly. That is why you need to dedicate them to the Lord.
Take training. Improve your skills. Practice your Strengths! If you are good at carpentry, then seek to be as effective as you can possibly be. If you have the strength to listen well to others, ask God to position you with the people who desperately need this strength in you.
Use them for the glory of God. Seek His guidance and call for your life, and then follow it with all your heart.
I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength. - Philippians 4:13 (NLT)
The difference between an ordinary day and an extraordinary day is not so much what you do, but for whom you do it. –Author Unknown
Input your information to the “Skills” section of your DESIGN PROFILE
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